Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

March 11, 2005 12:00 ET

HOMENUIK AND PANASIK TO BE INDUCTED INTO CANADIAN GOLF HALL OF FAME

Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - March 11, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) and The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum announced today that Wilfred (Wilf) Homenuik and Robert (Bob) Panasik will be inducted to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame as the class of 2005.

"The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame seeks to recognize excellence, as golfers, contributors and supporters of the game," said Karen Hewson, Director of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. "Mr. Panasik and Mr. Homenuik are two fine examples of what makes golf the game it is. Both have made tremendous contributions both on and off the course, it is only fitting that they are recognized for their accomplishments."

Homenuik, a native of Kamsack, Sask., comes from one of Canada's most famous golfing families. His parents John and Mary Homenuik had seven boys, all of whom played a role in the Canadian golfing community. Wilfred and his brothers Ted and Stan were each successful competitors in prairie golf competitions during the 50's and 60's.

In 1962, Homeniuk became nationally recognized when he finished as the low Canadian at the Canadian Open at Club de golf Laval-sur-le-Lac, Que. Overall, Homenuik amassed eight international professional victories and earned two CPGA Tour Championship titles in 1965 and 1971. While playing on the PGA Tour, Homenuik competed in 99 competitions placing in the top-10 eleven times.

Panasik of Windsor, Ont., continues to add to his already long resume of accomplishments. At the early age of 15, Panasik made history at the 1957 Canadian Open by becoming the youngest player to make a cut at a PGA Tour event - a record that still stands today. So far Panasik has collected two CPGA Championships, three CPGA Senior Championship titles and 15 various provincial titles.

In addition to his many championship titles, Panasik went through the onerous task of successfully qualifying on nine different occasions for the US Open Championship.

Homenuik and Panasik will officially be inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in their home communities in the early fall.

Homenuik's induction will take place at Glendale Golf & Country Club in Winnipeg, Man., on September 24, 2005, while Essex Golf & Country Club in Windsor, Ont., will host Panasik's induction on September 17 (tentatively). Tickets may be purchased for each of these events by contacting the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame at 905-849-9700 ext 411 or emailing cghf@cghf.org.

The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame traditionally celebrates the inductions of its new members at a location determined by the inductee. In 2003, Dawn Coe Jones choose to celebrate her induction in her home province of British Columbia at the Canadian Women's Open.

Operated by the Royal Canadian Golf Association, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum is located at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario. The Hall of Fame exists to recognise the outstanding individuals of Canadian golf, from players both amateur and professional, to the builders, architects and others who have been fundamental to the evolution of the game in this country. The museum is open year round and visitors are invited to discover more about the game and the inductees. Please visit www.cghf.org.

About the RCGA
The Royal Canadian Golf Association is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 400,000 members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping, support of turfgrass and environmental research, and BMO Financial Group Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program, the RCGA also conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The Bell Canadian Open and BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Michael Grobe
RCGA, Senior Communications Coordinator
Phone: 905-849-9700, ext. 230
Cell: 905-467-2944
E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org
IN: SPORTS

Contact Information

  • Erin Mathany, Jr. Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: emathany@rcga.org